Preston picked up a second win in a matter of days after beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Deepdale today.
North End beat Stoke City 3-1 in midweek, and were hoping to make it two home wins in a row. Bizarrely, it took two penalties to give Preston the win.
Seani Maguire broke down the left flank before being hauled down by Moses Odubajo. Daniel Johnson stepped up to score, just about beating Keiren Westwood into the corner of the net.
Maguire then won a second penalty, again being brought down by Odubajo. This one was a little more convincing than the first one, both in terms of its award and its execution, with Johnson sending Westwood the wrong way.
Wednesday did manage to get one back through Steven Fletcher, but North End saw the game out. Now up into the top six, it’s been a positive few days for Alex Neil.
However, it wasn’t all good news today. Defender Patrick Bauer was substituted with an injury in the second half, with Jordan Storey coming on to replace him.
That was a major blow, as Atdhe Nuhiu went onto cause mayhem. Bauer was signed to counter that kind of threat, and the German’s absence was greatly felt.
The summer signing from Charlton Athletic has quickly become a fan favourite at Deepdale, forming a strong partnership with Ben Davies. His injury is now a major concern, as his dominant displays will be difficult to replicate.
Now, Neil has offered a first comment about Bauer’s injury. Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, Neil has suggested that it shouldn’t be ‘too serious’, as it was just a sore hip flexor.
Neil seemingly thinks Bauer won’t face a long spell out, and called him ‘superb’ after today’s display.
“I think Patrick…I’m hoping he should be okay,” said Neil. “I don’t think it’s anything too serious. He was saying his hip flexor was a little bit sore, but I hope – a lot – that it’s not too serious, and I don’t think it is, because I thought until he went off he was superb,” he added.